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Parenting tips: 5 habits you should inculcate in your child now to ensure a healthy future

Habits you should inculcate in your child now to ensure a healthy future

New Delhi: Lifestyle diseases are the newest type of diseases that have come to light due to the kind of lives people lead nowadays – busy, worked up, and with almost no time for themselves and their health. Obesity, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes – are all on a rise, and the lifestyle and habits play a very important role in causing these.

Habits cannot be changed after an age, at least not easily. Healthy habits have to be inculcated in children from childhood, so that they make healthy choices in their lives and remain healthy and fit in the long-term. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your child remains healthy in their lives and always chooses the healthier alternative. Also read Parenting tips: Strategies to feed your child healthy food if he/she is a picky eater

Outdoor games

Once a child who was 7 years old was asked, “What is your favourite game?”, and she replied with “Candy Crush.”

In a time when mobile phones have taken over our lives, it is important to ensure that the same does not happen to our kids, at least not at their age. Children should be encouraged to play outdoor games, at least for an hour or two every day to ensure physical activity for them and also a break from their studies. Outdoor games will make them more active, stronger, and also improve their reflexes.

Active off days

On your day offs from work, what are the activities you do with your child? You probably go to the mall, or to watch a movie, or just have a video game night with them while eating a pizza. Though it is absolutely okay once in a while, it is extremely important to take your child out and go out yourself to ensure better health. You have to lead by example by showing your child that instead of lazying around on an off day, you should do something fun and something healthy along with your family. Go for an outdoor picnic, or boating, or hiking, or have a cricket or football match within the family.

Eating right

Your children and their habits can be molded as wanted, in their tender age. It is very important that children eat right, not only when you are choosing what they eat, but also when they choose their food themselves, because they are not always going to eat what you pick. Developing habits where they choose and eat healthy and also pick quality over quantity will lead to better long-term health. Children need to realise the importance of being healthy and need to be taught why fresh fruits and vegetables are better than junk and fast food, what each food item is called, and how does it benefit their body.

Health supplements

Intake of health supplements apart from just healthy food is a good habit to inculcate in your kids since the food nowadays is contaminated and chemically grown, and may not provide the required nutrients, even when children eat very healthy. Health supplements can provide better immunity, more strength and keep any deficiencies away, keeping the children healthy and fit in the long-term. Also read 5 health supplements you should pop for better immunity in winters

Stay hydrated

You can make it a habit for the child to carry a water bottle around wherever they go, and also to keep drinking water at regular intervals to ensure that they develop a habit of drinking water regularly. A lot of people as adults do not drink water all day, and dehydration and lack of water can cause many health issues – both short and long-term.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.


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